Wesley Snipes exonerated of tax fraud, still faces 3-year prison time

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Washington, February 2 : A federal jury in Ocala, Florida, as exonerated actor Wesley Snipes of federal tax fraud and onspiracy charges.

The court, however, has convicted the Hollywood star on three isdemeanour charges of failing to file a tax return.

The actor is still liable for millions in back taxes, which the overnment may try to collect in civil court.

"Mr. Snipes has always been committed to doing the right thing, nd after this trial is over he'll make whatever amends are equired. This is a man of integrity," E!online quoted his ttorney Robert Bernhoft as saying following the verdict.

Snipes might have had to face a16 year jail term had he been ound guilty on all eight counts levelled against him. He may now e sentenced to up to three years in federal prison.

"I'm feeling great. A little confused, but great," he was quoted s telling People magazine after court.

When asked whether he was concerned about going to prison, the ctor said: "I don't know. It's nice to be out here with you ight now. We live in the moment."

The report also suggests that the jury decided to acquit Snipes' or want of evidence.

"We thought there was sufficient evidence for a conviction on all ounts, but obviously the jury disagreed," US Attorney Robert 'Neill said.

ANI

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